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Training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported.

Mexican family files suit accusing U.S. agents in border death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09

Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza poses with his wife and daughters in an undated photo released by his family in Nuevo LaredoRelatives of a Mexican man they said was shot dead by U.S. Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza was shot from a Border Patrol boat on the Rio Grande River while his family was having a picnic on the Mexican side near Nuevo Laredo, the suit said. Arevalo is one of at least 13 people killed under a Border Patrol policy the plaintiffs claim allowed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said the agency "cannot comment on pending litigation." The suit claims Arevalo was having a family barbecue in a park on the riverbank and was shot twice by agents.


Fallon to lead honors as Leno wins top humor prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:08
Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Extra Points: Jayson Jenks reviews the news of the day from Seahawks camp

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:05
In today's Extra Points video, Jayson Jenks reviews the Seahawks' news of the day, including Pete Carroll's reaction to the NFL penalties assessed on Tuesday, and some personnel updates:

Man in tux shoots at couple who spot him having sex in Seattle alley

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:03
A drunken man in a tuxedo fired a gunshot at a couple early Tuesday morning after they interrupted him having sex with a woman in a downtown alley, Seattle police said.

John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:03

This May 15, 2012 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Chapman, John Lennon’s imprisoned killer, says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused. Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board in August 2014, according to the transcript released by New York state corrections officials, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.


Jasper Johns aide in $6.5m art theft

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:02
The assistant of American painter Jasper Johns has pleaded guilty to selling artworks worth $6.5m (£3.9m) he stole from the artist's studio.
Categories: BBC World News

Salmon action still hot in the ocean, and state Fish and Wildlife looking at possibly going non-select for coho

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:02
It has been a remarkable coastal salmon fishery, and one that will go down as the best seen in many seasons plus state Fish and Wildlife officials are meeting this afternoon to possibly make some changes at Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.

Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:02
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church.

VIDEO: Elena Delle Donne, Courtney Vandersloot advance to conference Finals

WA Huskies - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:01
You knew it was going to happen. Elena Delle Donne is too incredible of a talent to not wash over a game like a tidal wave in attempt to lead her Chicago to a win. But, as Atlanta coach Michael Cooper said afterward, she could do her damage -- which she did Tuesday -- and the Dream could've still wo
Categories: Sports Center

Aloha from Hawaii

WA Huskies - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:01
Happy Wednesday, everyone. And Aloha from Honolulu.
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VIDEO: Elena Delle Donne, Courtney Vandersloot advance to conference Finals

Seattle Storm - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:01
You knew it was going to happen. Elena Delle Donne is too incredible of a talent to not wash over a game like a tidal wave in attempt to lead her Chicago to a win. But, as Atlanta coach Michael Cooper said afterward, she could do her damage -- which she did Tuesday -- and the Dream could've still wo
Categories: Sports Center

Tennessee lawyer Barrett dies, a civil rights champion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:55
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - George Barrett, a lawyer who waged a nearly four-decade battle for desegregation of Tennessee's colleges and universities and represented student civil rights activists, has died at 86, a law firm partner said on Wednesday. Barrett, who died on Tuesday night from acute pancreatitis, came to be called "Citizen Barrett" for his advocacy. "People search for a mission or a purpose and George found that in the practice of law," said Jerry Martin, a partner in Barrett's firm and a former U.S.

California would triple tax breaks for film production under deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:54
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California will triple its tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in the state, the latest effort to stem a tide of runaway production that has cost billions in revenue in Hollywood's home state under a deal announced on Wednesday. The increase in tax credits, aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, comes just a few weeks after the California Film Commission said the state had lost $2 billion in the past four years alone as producers sought cheaper places to do business. "This law will make key improvements in our Film and Television Tax Credit Program and put thousands of Californians to work," said Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who signed on to the deal along with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the state legislature. The deal, which still must be approved by both houses of the legislature before the end of their session this week, would increase the amount of money available for tax credits for film and television production to $330 million per year, up from about $100 million.

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:53

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and released by Hyatt Regency Boston, Boston Marathon bombing survivor, James Costello, right, marries Krista D’Agostino at the hotel in Boston. Officiating is Carol Merletti, center. The couple met at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where D’Agostino worked as a nurse and helped Costello recover from his burns and injuries. (AP Photo/Prudente Photography)BOSTON (AP) — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.


Bankrupt Detroit offered bigger loan secured by art

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:52

A visitor stops to look at a painting by Picasso at the Detroit Institute of Arts in DetroitA New York-based specialty finance group is ready to loan Detroit as much as $4 billion, double its previous offer, if the bankrupt city uses the masterpieces in its art museum as collateral, according to a new proposal that surfaced this week. Art Capital Group, which offered to loan the city $2 billion earlier this year, doubled the offer based on a recent appraisal that determined the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) collection was worth more than $8 billion. "We're prepared to provide a loan, secured by the art collection, that is a balanced, fair and equitable solution for the city so that it can emerge from bankruptcy with the money it needs to secure a better future," Montieth M. Illingworth, spokesman for Art Capital, said in a statement. Notable works at the DIA include Pieter Bruegel's The Wedding Dance, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and Rembrandt's The Visitation.


In Closing, Blackwater Prosecutor Says U.S. Court ‘Levels the Playing Field’

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:51
That message is crucial for the Obama administration, as Iraqis have expressed skepticism that an American court would issue convictions in the deadly 2007 shooting in Nisour Square.






Gay marriage issue lands at Florida Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:48
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - The hot topic of same-sex marriage was sent to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case brought by two women appealing a Tampa judge's denial of their divorce petition. The Second District Court of Appeal asked the Supreme Court to rule on what it said was a matter "of great public importance and will have a great effect on the proper administration of justice throughout the state." At issue is a 2008 amendment to the Florida Constitution approved by voters which defined marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman and denied state recognition of any other union.    Three dissenting judges argued that the issue is not whether Florida must legalize same-sex couples but whether it must recognize such marriages performed in other states.    “Resolution of the constitutional questions will no doubt impact far more individuals than the two involved here,” the District Court majority ruled. “And there can be little doubt that until the constitutional questions are finally resolved by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court, there will be a great impact on the proper administration of justice in Florida.”    The case involves Mariama Monique Changamire Shaw and Keiba Lynn Shaw, who were married in Massachusetts in 2010 and moved to Florida.

US hostage mother makes video plea

BBC World News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:45
The mother of US journalist Steven Sotloff, held hostage by IS militants, pleads with his captors to release him in a video appeal.
Categories: BBC World News

NYC Council to hold hearing after chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:40
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will hold an oversight hearing next month on a police department review of its training procedures in the wake of the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man, The Associated Press has learned.